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of aircraft carriers in the persian gulf to one from two. the defense department made that announcement yesterday as deep automatic spending cuts loom for defense and domestic programs here. those cuts will kick in at the beginning of next month. and unless congress agrees to an alternate budget plan before then. defense secretary leon panetta says severe military cuts would harm the nation's security and the economy. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 department of defense civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact or economy? >> some economists estimated a march 1 sequestration could result in up to a million people losing their jobs. >>> today some house democrats are set to unveil their plans to curb gun violence. the 15 proposals are said to be similar to those proposed by the obama administration, including background checks on all gun purchases and bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. but some proposals are expected to have little chance o
in budget cuts that kick in march 1. >> this is not a game. >> reporter: outgoing defense secretary leon panetta says congress' inability to find a way to avoid the cuts has endangered america's security. >> these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy and they would degrade our ability to respond to crises precisely at a time of rising instability across the road. >> reporter: the idea is that the budget cuts would be so objectionable here on capitol hill that congress would agree on an alternative. that has proven to be easier said than done. >> i fought to not have this sequester in the first place. but the president didn't want to have to deal with the debt limit again before his re- election. >> they pass budgets that are wholly objectionable to most americans. they didn't become law because of that, because they don't have the support of the american people. >> reporter: if washington can't agree on a plan, some economists say up to 1 million people could lose their jobs. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> secretary panetta
in the phoenix open. >>> it's 6:23. in golf, phil mickelson is trying to defense his pebble beach pro-am title. >> he is hot coming off a wire- to-wire win last weekend at the phoenix open and mickelson playing the monterey peninsula course. lot ofy shoots a 1-under 69. lefty is in the hunt. in it goes. former cal star in gangnam style in phoenix, james hahn birdies and finishes with a 1- under 71. co-leader hunter mahan was pleased with the mild weather in monterey. >> we knew there was some weather coming in. didn't know how bad it was going to be. and it just never came in here. just got broken up or something. and, you know, this is a day where you want to be at pebble beach. the weather is so good like this. >> any day is a good day to be there. his approach on 11 led to a birdie. he finished with a 6-under 66. he is one of the leaders tied with us are the knox. six golfers tied at 5 under: basketball. number one indiana at illinois... with ni tenths of a second left in regulation. >>> play of the day from college hoops. number one indiana a
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